The Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library - Central Library

The Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet

In Concert

Join us for an afternoon of standard classical church music and heritage music featuring the Morehouse College Glee Club and Quartet, one of America's oldest all-male collegiate glee clubs.

Established in 1911, the distinguished ensemble has a long tradition of public appearances. In addition to its annual concert at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Library dating back to 1975, the Glee Club -- along with its Quartet -- has provided stellar performances throughout the United States and abroad. Memorable occasions include presidential performances for Franklin D. Roosevelt (1932), James E. Carter (1977) and George H. W. Bush (1992); Dr. King’s funeral (1968); Super Bowl XXVIII (1994); the Olympic Games (1996); the National Mall in dedication of the King Memorial (2011); and the College's 129th Commencement Exercises where President Barack Obama received an honorary degree (2013).

The Glee Club has performed internationally in Russia (1996); Poland (1998); several African nations that include Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Uganda and Nigeria (1972); Bermuda (2001); the Bahamas (2005); South Africa (2008); Canada and Puerto Rico (2011).

The acclaimed choir has sung with noted celebrities such as soprano Jessye Norman, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, Natalie Cole, Gloria Estefan, and mezzo-sopranoDenyce Graves. Its musical talents can be heard on the soundtracks to three Spike Lee films, School Daze (1988), Miracle at St. Anna (2008) and Red Hook Summer (2012), as well as listened to on twelve albums that include the 2011 release Centennial Celebration in recognition of the Choir’s 100th year of musical legacy and its 2012 release of live recordings titled The Morehouse College Glee Club. In celebration of its 105th year of musical excellence in 2016, the Glee Cub released its newest CD, In Need of Music.

The distinguished ensemble is currently directed by dynamic virtuoso Dr. David Morrow, a 1980 Morehouse graduate and class valedictorian who received the Master of Music degree from the University of Michigan in 1981 and earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music in 1995.

Dr. Morrow gained national recognition for leading combined choirs in the United States and abroad. In 2002, he served as guest conductor for the First Festival of Spirituals in Guayaquil, Equador.  In 2009, he directed the 105  Voices of History HBCU Concert Choir at the Kennedy Center.  

He has presented lectures on African American and choral music at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga and Cornell University. His choral arrangements of African American music have been published by Oxford University Press, Hal Leonard Music, among others.

Be sure to arrive early on Friday, March 24 for an enjoyable afternoon of musical excellence!